Sunday, September 14, 2014

Victoria's Pages of Romance on Weekend Writing Warriors #8sunday

Welcome to another weekend of Weekend Writing Warriors. My 8 sentence snippet this week is from my latest release NA contemporary romance – A Guy and A Girl. Scene Set – Hunter's response to Chelsea returning from her confrontation with Todd.

As Chelsea sat across from Hunter, he looked up from his textbook. "Make up or break up? I'm voting for break up."
Oh, that's so sweet of him. "Forget Todd. He's a nonentity." She tapped her notepad. "Now, to this assignment."

I won't be on WeWrWa next week – will be on a blog hop. But I'll be back Sept 28.

Lies, deceits and secrets - not a good way to begin a relationship.

After an ugly past forced Hunter Connolly to escape to Europe, the talented hockey player is back in North America and determined to land a position with a professional team. But he can’t hide from his past forever, especially when his beautiful classmate, Chelsea, forces him to reexamine his life. Soon, hockey is not his first priority anymore.
Chelsea Henderson is a bright co-ed working towards her dream of being a professional dancer. She forms a unique friendship with one of her father’s newest recruits and would love nothing more than to take it to the next level. However, there’s just one small problem. He doesn’t know she’s his coach’s daughter.
Amid the deceptions, danger lurks closer than they could ever imagine. Will fate contrive to rip the young lovers apart? Or will Hunter and Chelsea have their shot at love?

What people are saying about – A Guy and A Girl
5 Stars - I loved this book...I think that it was an awesome story. It was interesting on how everything came about as well as some surprises on who was doing what. I liked how the couple had issues that would be real life issues as well. Very well written, can't wait to read more books by Victoria as well as maybe some more in relation to characters in the book.

5 Stars - What a great romance. Fast paced. Chock full of tension. Little bit of hockey Little bit of dance. Lots of love.

5 Stars - I'm not really sure where to start with this book. The story took so many twists and turns. The suspense in the first part of the book was good, and the twist, I didn't see coming. I expected the story to end when the conflict resolved itself, but I enjoyed that the author chose to continue the development of the relationship between Hunter and Chelsea. I think a lot of stories are written so that the happily ever after comes right after the conflict, but in this story, the reader is drawn through more than one conflict, it shows the growth of each character and a progression of a relationship that is more like real life. Think about it, in our real life relationships, most of us don't go through one crazy experience and then BAM...everything works out. I think that's what made the story so real to me. All the challenges faced by Hunter and Chelsea helped to build and strengthen the relationship. The time frame may have been a little short for the amount of things going on, but that didn't affect my opinion of the story. I was still able to become invested in the story and enjoy it.

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What's Coming Up in September on Victoria's Pages of Romance
17 - Flash Fiction and Book Hooks
19 – 22 – Fall into Romance Blog Hop
24 – Book Hooks and Flash Fiction
28 - Weekend Writing Warriors

Friday, September 12, 2014

Five Secrets from Anne B. Cole's Souls Entwined

Five Secret Things About
Souls Entwined
By Anne B. Cole
Sharing secrets is fun! Here are my top five secrets behind Souls Entwined
#5 Pirates!
Johnny Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean Movies is the inspiration behind Souls Entwined pirate character, Kadir Haty….and yes…Kadir will return in the sequel, Souls Estranged!

#4 Grandmothers and Rings
My real life great, great, great, great grandmother’s name was Roxana, who gave her second granddaughter a garnet ring that was given to her by her brother, who was a US sailor in Europe during the early 1800s. It was passed down through the generations to my grandmother. She gave it to me (I’m also a second granddaughter) when I was about 12 years old. I’m not aware of any curses on my ring and I wear the heirloom often.

#3 Runners
I enjoy running and once nearly tripped over a squirrel that darted in front of my purple sneakers. During Gretta’s run in the park, Sam watches her suddenly fall. He didn’t see the squirrel that tripped her…this was cut out during edits…Readers don’t know in Souls Entwined that Katarina’s spirit is entwined within the squirrel. In the sequel, Souls Estranged, Katarina’s presence within the squirrel will be revealed in true ‘Katarina style’.

#2 Deleted, but not forgotten
I wrote the first draft of Souls Entwined in composition notebooks. It topped at 150,000 words. In this original, Gretta and Sam don’t meet in the park until Chapter Eight! Needless to say, I have many deleted chapters and scenes to reveal in the future on my blog.

#1 Titles
Souls Entwined was originally titled Maledicta, which is the Latin word for ‘cursed.’ During edits, it was suggested that I change my title to something that is easier for readers to pronounce and remember. Authors tend to bond with their titles, especially their first novels. For weeks I referred to my novel as #1 because I already had the sequel written and was in the editing process. I asked everyone I knew for title ideas and finally came up with Souls Entwined. The #1 nickname stuck and I continue to call it #1 and refer to the sequel as #2. The (yet to be written) final book of the Soul Series is called, you guessed it, #3.
Here is the original cover prior to my title change…

And here is my real cover.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed Five Secrets from Souls Entwined!
Check out my website and Souls Entwined on Amazon.

Souls Entwined

Released April 30, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing

A Romantic Suspense Time Travel Paranormal

Souls Entwined Blurb

When a cursed family heirloom sends Gretta Dobbs back in time, a hunky construction worker, Sam Daggett, suddenly finds himself love struck and joins her adventure. Their souls entwine within the bodies of young lovers on a Greek island in 1829, where they begin to unravel the mysteries behind Grettas ring all while avoiding a bloodthirsty pirate who is determined to seek revenge. Gretta and Sam must find the secrets needed to save her and her relatives from an afterlife in purgatory and return to their own lives---or risk becoming prisoners of the past, continuing the evil cycle of the ring’s curse.

A bit about Anne B. Cole

Souls Entwined is Anne B. Cole’s debut release, combining sweet romantic suspense, time travel, and paranormal elements in a New Adult novel attractive to a wide range of readers.

In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-two years. Her love for making fresh baked goodies, running, hiking, historical fiction, and her three pet cats continue to be her inspiration while she pens the sequel to Souls Entwined.

Connect With Anne

To follow Anne’s publishing journey and connect with her, check out her website and find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Click on the Buy Link below to see Souls Entwined on Amazon.

A Review - I don't write a lot of reviews. It reminds me too much of high school English class. So, taking a deep breath - here goes.

5 Stars!!! - I received a copy from the author, with no expectations attached. A review was not requested. But I wrote one because by the second page of the prologue I was hooked. The line - Evil embraced all – made shivers run down my spine. Souls Entwined is fabulous. It's like a chocolate chip cookie. Somebody had cookie dough. Somebody had chocolate chips. Somebody mixed them together. In this this story – there are fabulous characters - Gretta and Sam and Katarina and Roxana, Lorenzo and Anya ( the cookie dough) and a cursed heirloom (the chocolate chips) - mix those together and you have a BOOK YOU JUST HAVE TO READ

What's Coming Up in September on Victoria's Pages of Romance

13 - Weekend Writing Warriors

17 - Flash Fiction and Book Hooks

19 – 22 – Fall into Romance Blog Hop
24 – Book Hooks and Flash Fiction
27 - Weekend Writing Warriors